According to the data released by the British Office of National Statistics (ONS), net migration to the UK reached a record level of 606,000 in the year ending December 2022.
ONS stated that this increase was due to those who came to the UK from outside the European Union (EU) to work or study, and those who came from Ukraine and Hong Kong under special visa programs.
However, the British Office for National Statistics pointed to data showing that immigration rates have slowed in recent months, despite a record increase in immigration last year.
ONS revealed that approximately 1.2 million people came to the UK in 2022 for education, work and other reasons, while 557 thousand people left the country.
Net migration is obtained by subtracting the population leaving the country from the population arriving in the country.
The number of net immigrants to the country was recorded as 488 thousand in 2021.
British Prime Minister Sunak promises to reduce net migration
“The numbers are so high, it’s that simple,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told the ITV television channel after the latest immigration data were released. used the phrase.
Underlining that the government wants to reduce net migration, Sunak promised more measures to reduce migration, but did not set a specific target.
Robert Jenrick, Deputy Minister for Immigration at the British Home Office, also said in a speech in parliament that the government remains committed to reducing total net migration to sustainable levels.
“This is a solemn promise we made to the British people in our manifesto, and our determination to deliver it is unwavering,” Jenrick said. made its assessment.
The government anticipates that new decisions will have an impact on net migration.
Every year, tens of thousands of irregular migrants cross into the UK via the English Channel. Many migrants lose their lives when the fate of many migrant boats results in capsizing at sea.
The ruling Conservative Party government frequently brings up its promises to control and reduce immigration to the country for many years.
The UK Home Office announced on May 23 that as part of its immigration reduction policy, international students will not be able to bring their dependents to the country as of January 2024, except under certain conditions.
Interior Minister Suella Braverman also noted that they expect the said decision to have a tangible effect on net migration and that they expect net migration to fall to pre-Kovid-19 levels in the medium term.